Library closure

A message from our Librarian, Emma Aydemir:
It is with great regret that we have had to let you know that in view of the latest guidelines, we are now unable to open for our 2 hour sessions; we understand how disappointing this will be for our customers but hope you understand that it’s with a view to keeping you all safe. 
Although Brixham Library will be closed until further notice…..The online library remains open 24/7 – visit www.torbaylibraries.org.uk for FREE ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. (if you don’t know your PIN, then please give us a call – 01803 853870) 
We have the following available online:
Libby app –  Download the Libby app
                      Find your Library (Torbay Libraries)
                      Enter your Library card number
                      Borrow a title & start reading
BorrowBox – Install the BorrowBox app
                       Select your Library Service (Torbay Libraries)
                       Activate with your Library membership
                       Borrow eAudiobooks
rb Digital –    Download the app
                       Select your Library
                       Enter your Library Card number
                       Choose a magazine to read
We will be working and contactable via email at brixham.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk, Facebook, Twitter and the phone on 01803 853870 so please keep in touch. 
Borrowed items can be renewed online or over the phone. Our book drop letterbox is also available for returning items if you are out for a walk. 
Wishing all of our customers our very best wishes in these difficult times, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Corona Virus – Important Message to FoBL Members

In the light of the government announcements and as many of our members are near or over the age of 70 or fall within the category of those with underlying health conditions, we have taken the decision to cancel all FoBL events until further notice. This is a huge disappointment but we are not alone in making such decisions.

First Friday of the Month Coffee Morning

These have been cancelled until further notice.

 

Met Office Open Day – Saturday 23 May 2020.

This visit has been cancelled by the Met Office and we hope to be able to rearrange it later in the year. If you have already paid for a place to attend the open day then our Treasurer will be refunding your money as soon as she is able to and will advise you when this can be collected from the library.

 

Walking for Health – Monday Walk

Until further notice these are now on hold and although we would encourage all to continue to take regular exercise, we are also mindful that our Monday walks are also great social occasions. It is because of this that we felt they should be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Finally, the latest advice from Libraries Unlimited and their commissioners Devon County Council & Torbay Council is that all libraries will be remaining open as normal. All library users are being asked to follow government guidelines relating to self-isolation. If in any doubt please contact Brixham Library 01803 853870 who will confirm which events have been cancelled etc.

In conclusion, these are challenging times and for the foreseeable future life will be very different for us all. Fortunately, we all recognise the power of reading and for once we will all have the opportunity to do just that and find time to read.

 

Friends Matter – February Update

Farewell January….

As many of us say farewell to January, it will be a month they are pleased to leave behind. With huge amounts of flu doing the rounds along with seasonal coughs and colds it’s not been a good month for many. So spare a thought for the library staff when you next visit and try to leave your infections etc behind you as being on the front-line they get hit with everything that’s going and unlike some public sector workers they aren’t entitled to a free flu-jab!! Rant over and we can all look forward to warmer spring days to come.

Coffee Morning 7 February  – free cake when you borrow a book!!

 

Our next coffee morning is on Friday 7 February between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. We have been so pleased with the numbers of you coming along each month, but we would like to push the boundaries even more. One of the ways that Libraries Unlimited measure the performance of each library is by monitoring the loan of books each day. So, at this coming coffee morning if you produce a book receipt showing that you have borrowed more than one book from the library on the day of the coffee morning, you will be entitled to a free piece of cake (whilst stocks last) with your coffee. Thus, we can all do our bit to help the library cause – go on you know it makes sense!!

 

But do you find borrowing a book from our library easy?  If not, the committee will be available to help explain how to borrow and return books etc. Comments from a number of you have made us see that there are a number of people who might attend the coffee mornings but have no real idea of how a library works now. So, if you’d like to know more, both library staff and the FoBL committee are there to help you.

FoBL Events programme – January to July 2020

Huge thanks to all involved in putting together our events programme for the start of this year. We hope there is something for everyone and like last year it lists events and activities until the end of July, and we will be producing a second programme later in the year. Many of you expressed concern about the small type face used in previous years, so we hope you’ll approve. As always to avoid disappointment do book places early and pay in advance to secure you a place and all bookings can be made at the Library Help Desk.

Future Events include:
Lifesaving Skills with Helen – Wednesday 29 January 10.30-11.30 – a free event, a few tickets are still available

Quiz Night – Friday 7 February – doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £3.50 per person. We understand a couple of tickets are still available, so book up quick!

Talk – The Berryhead Hotel over the last 25 years – Date to be confirmed.

Health Walks Update.

We are very sorry to say that our regular afternoon Tuesday health walk is no more. Both Joy and Sharon have led these weekly walks for many years, and we were pleased that they continued to lead them when FoBL took over responsibility for the walks from the health authority. However, a combination of declining numbers and difficulties leading on such a regular basis mean that they have been discontinued. Our thanks go to all those involved over the years and if anyone feels like taking on the challenge and starting them up again do come and talk to us. However, I am very pleased to say that attendance on the Monday walk continues to thrive and information about this regular walk can be found in the new events programme.

Brixham Commemorates VE Day

John Brennan from Brixham Futures writes:

‘Our thank to the `FRIENDS OF BRIXHAM LIBRARY` for the £100 Donation [note from editor: this was the payment to advertise Library services, not a donation] to VE events. We hope that all your Members will be pleased with the adverts in the Brochure. Hopefully there will be a large FOBL presence at all the VE Events -but please publicize so people get into diaries etc!  Please highlight to your FOBL Members the following:

1) FREE Launch Thursday 7th May 7pm- Conservative Club -all your Members invited  
2)FREE Friday  8th May -Public Parade from `Man & Boy` statue 1030am-All your Members invited
3) FREE Friday 8th May Service in Town Square 11am -1145am-All your Members invited
4) FREE Friday 8th May 12 Noon Reception Scala Hall-All your Members Invited
5) FREE Friday 8th May  3PM Concert -Baptist Church –All welcome ( first come for seating)
6) FREE Sunday 10th May 1045am -Service @ `All Saints`-All your Members invited
7) FREE Belgium/ Evacuees Reception 6pm-Conservative Club -All your Members invited
In total there are 40 FREE  public events planned as per brochure to which  everyone is welcome.

We do hope this major event in 2020 helps promote Brixham and its heritage.

Thank you for all your help.

Best wishes

John Brennan, Brixham Futures

And finally…….

January 2020

Happy New Year

 

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2020 and not only the start of the New Year but also for the start of a new decade. To start this January edition of the newsletter if you didn’t get around to making any New Year resolutions this year, why not take a leaf out of Maureen Chivers book and sign up to ‘Intentional Health taster Session’. This is part of a wider programme taking part in libraries throughout Devon & Torbay and anyone can become involved. I have included details supplied by Maureen below but further information about other related events and activities can be found in the library.

Maureen writes…….

 

I’m writing to ask you to give some publicity in the next Friends Matter to the Intentional Health Taster Session which I’m running at Brixham Library on Tuesday 14th January between 10.30am and 11.30am as part of ‘Active Life, Active Mind’.

Intentional Health is an excellent programme which takes a whole person approach to health and well-being.  I’m attaching a poster which gives an idea of the scope of the programme and mentions one taster session, but not the one at the library.

I’ve really benefitted from the programme and am sure that other Friends would, so I’d be grateful if you’d bring it to their attention and perhaps mention that it’s being run by a FOBL member.

Thanks

Maureen Chivers

Torbay Council

 

In the run-up to Christmas I have received a letter from Torbay Council relating to their proposed ‘Torbay Council Cabinet Draft Budget 2020/21 Consultation’. Copies of this document are now available in the library and I seriously urge you to ask for a copy and share your thoughts on why you think Brixham Library plays an important part in your life and why it is important that no further cuts to the service are not considered.  Following the recent refurbishment I think we can sensibly argue that future investment in to our libraries is considered, whether it be in terms of an increased budget and/or increased opening hours, so that once again the library can provide a service that can be used by the whole community and not just those who can visit during daytime opening hours. It’s a big ask but the more that people respond, the more likely the decision makers will listen to what we as library users have to say.

In the meantime, we have been invited as a Friends group to offer our views as part of the consultation. Whilst we are happy to do this on your behalf, your own views are just as important and I cannot over emphasise the need to respond as individuals.

 

 

Forthcoming Events

 

Our events programme is still being worked on by Helen and we hope to see its publication in the near future. In the meantime, our next coffee morning is on Friday 7 February 2020 between 10.00 – 12.00 noon, so please make a note of this in your diary or on your calendar. In fact, why not ask a friend a neighbour who has never been to a coffee morning meet you there and show them around our wonderful library.

 

And finally…….

 

 

 

Friends matter – Christmas Edition

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December 2019 FoBL Loyalty Card Scheme

FoBL is pleased to welcome The Wine Loft in Middle Street Brixham as the latest retailer to sign up with our loyalty card scheme.

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The Wine Loft in Middle Street is a wine shop with a difference. They have nearly 300 wines available to buy, starting from £6.99, including 60 which are under £10. Over 15 different, constantly changing wines can also be enjoyed on the premises by the glass or even more choices by the bottle, sat on our bar stools overlooking fantastic views of the town. Tapas style dishes are available all day, for example freshly sliced Spanish charcuterie, home smoked salmon, Portuguese tins of fish accompanied by Dan’s homemade sourdough, pâtés and cheeses. The Wine Loft is open Tuesday to Saturday for normal retail hours plus two evenings, Thursdays and Fridays till 8pm.

We are pleased to announce that the owners Clare and James Brown will offering all current FoBL members a 10% discount on Lunches taken in the Wine Loft.

We look forward to enjoying future collaborative events with them. However, in the meantime with Christmas and new Year on the doorstep you might wish to go and have a look for yourselves.

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Christmas Music & Song

Our first big event in the library since the recent refurbishment and it was just a perfect setting for this carol concert. With a sell our performance the audience were entertained by the Torbay Galliard Recorder Group and the Quay Harmony Ladies Choir. Under the direction of their new Musical Director Ronnie Layne, the girls sang a delightful selection of Christmas songs to huge applause. The concert made a terrific amount of £640.00 for FoBL funds. Our thanks go to Quay Harmony and to all those who made the night such a success.

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First Friday of the Month Coffee Morning

First of all, an apology to all those who came to our December coffee morning and were disappointed that there were no carols from the children from Furzeham Primary School. Unfortunately, the school found that they had double booked themselves and as a result mock tests meant a cancellation at very short notice. However, the morning made £133.00 towards FoBL funds and we were very pleased to see so many people come along and join us all for coffee and cake.

Our first coffee morning in the New Year is on Friday 3 January at the usual time and we look forward to seeing you then.

Walking for Health on a Monday Morning

Our regular Monday morning walk around Berry Head continues to be as popular as ever. For those who like numbers, this last year over 1000 individual walks have been achieved with an average of 30 people every Monday morning enjoying our regular walk. This is quite something and our thanks to all those involved in making these walks happen including Maureen Chivers and Mike O’Donnell as well as to Joy Mills who leads on the Tuesday afternoon walk for us.

And finally…..

With Christmas still to come, it may seem a little early to start thinking about New Year resolutions. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking:

1 – lend or recommend a book that you’ve enjoyed to a friend.

2 – try a different genre of book taking you out of your comfort zone.

3 – make time to read every day.

4- suggest to your children, grandchildren or friends’ children that you sit and enjoy reading a book together.

5 – bring a friend with you to our monthly coffee mornings.

6- join one of our health walks on a Monday morning or a Tuesday afternoon.

On behalf of the FoBL Committee may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and the very best for the coming year.

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, FoBL

 

December Friends News

This is our new

Library…..

With the opening of our newly refurbished library on Monday 25 November, this is a time to celebrate renewal and the rebirth of our much-loved library. Over the last four weeks, painters and decorators, carpet fitters, electricians, handymen and library staff have been busy making our library fit for purpose for the 21st century. Having been involved myself all those years ago in the planning and fitting out of Brixham Library, it is hard to believe that it all happened 26 years ago. With it’s clean and bright new lines, we’re sure that what has been done will tempt you back. Yes, it will look different and changes have been made, but Emma, Sarah, Michelle and Rebecca will be there to help you and to show you around if you can’t find what you are looking for.

 

Christmas Coffee                      morning

Our next coffee morning is on Friday 6 December between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. To give it a special Christmas feel we are hoping for a visit by the children from Furzeham School to sing some carols for us. So why not come along and join is some seasonal fun to start the festive period?

Christmas Music & Song

Our local choir Quay Harmony with their guests are holding their annual Christmas Concert in the library on Wednesday 11 December 2019 with doors opening at 19.00pm. Tickets are £6.00 to FoBL members and £8.00 for Non-FoBL members. These will be available in the library from Monday 25 November or by calling 01803 853870 / 858181. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle, with all proceeds being given to FoBL. Donations for the Christmas Raffle Hampers would be much appreciated and can be handed in at the library.

The Wine Loft

Recently, a group from FoBL enjoyed a wine tasting at The Wine Loft, Middle Street Brixham. As James & Clare talked through a selection of wines with appropriate canapes, a most enjoyable evening was had by all. This was our first group visit and we look forward to arranging further events with this delightful and helpful couple. However, please don’t wait for our next event there as you will receive a huge welcome and will be amazed at what is on offer.

And finally………

As autumn turns to winter, this is always a time to consider sitting down by the fireside with a good book and leaving the cold outside. Whether it be with your children or grandchildren or even just yourself, there is nothing like reading to let the pressures and strains of our modern world just disappear for a short while.

 

 

 

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

25 November 2019

Friends Matter – November 2019

Library Refurbishment

The present Brixham Library building opened in the autumn of 1993 and it is a credit to project team of the time that the building has worked so well with very little expenditure on repairs and maintenance over the years. Funds of £54,000 have become available to enable a partial refurbishment to take place, resulting in the library being closed for a short period of time from 13.00pm on Saturday 26.10.19 and reopening at 9.30am on Monday 25.11.19. These funds have been specifically put aside for spending on Brixham Library as part of developer’s contributions to the Brixham community. This is an opportunity to have a spring clean and revitalise the library making it an even better space that can be valued by all in Brixham. Amongst other things the library will be redecorated internally in all public spaces, carpet replaced, and improvements made on the ground floor as well as some minor shelving changes on the first floor. Both the library staff and FoBL have been busy fund raising to help make the improvements that are required take place. FoBL will be helping to fund some new furniture in the childrens library and the cost of refurbishing the meetings room on the first floor. Following the success of the regular coffee mornings FoBL will be funding a coffee counter on wheels. Currently, FoBL’s contribution towards these purchases and improvements is estimated at about £4,500. FoBL kindly acknowledges a donation of £100.00 from the Rotary in Brixham towards the cost of replacement childrens stools.

This is a one-off opportunity to keep the library looking at its best as well as maintaining its appeal to one and all. If you would like to make a donation towards this project, please pop into the library or call the library on 01803 853870.

Upcoming Events

Winter Thrushes on Dartmoor with Mike Langman – Friday 1 November, 10.00am – 13.00pm
Meet at Shipley Bridge (nr South Brent) car park below the Avon Dam. Join Mike for another of his interesting walks and talks as he points out local bird and wildlife life along the way. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and to book a place on the walk, the charge is £8.00 for FoBL members and £10.00 for non-FoBL members and they are available from the library.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday 6 December between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. This is always a special library morning with Christmas stalls, music from a local school choir and of course lovely coffee and cake.

Quay Harmony Ladies Choir Concert on Wednesday 11 December 2019 starting at 19.00pm
We are so pleased to welcome Quay Harmony for their annual Christmas concert and are delighted they have chosen Brixham Library as this year’s Christmas venue. Tickets, £6.00 to FoBL members and £8.00 for non-FoBL members, are available from the library and also from choir members. During the concert there will be a raffle with all proceeds going to the library.

Donations towards Christmas Hampers requested please –
Quay Harmony will be holding a Christmas raffle at their carol concert and are making up Christmas hampers for the winning prizes. Donations of anything that would be suitable for a hamper would be very much appreciated and can be handed into the library marked ‘Quay Harmony Christmas hamper’ by Wednesday 4 December please. Whether large or small everything helps when making up these hampers and the sum of the whole always makes for some fantastic winning prizes. All proceeds from the raffle on the night will be given to FoBL funds

Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
We received a wonderful thank you letter from Macmillan after the coffee morning in aid of macMillan Cancer. The thanks rightly go to everyone who supported such a good cause.

The coffee morning was also an opportunity to present FoBL member Mike Tulloch with his winning prize guessing the number of steps taken on the recent Memory Walk between Babbacombe and Torquay. The official total was 12,226 steps and Mike was the closest guess with a margin of 24 steps.

Feedback from FoBL’s recent trip to the Met Office in Exeter
Earlier this month a number of FoBL members took the opportunity to take part in an arranged visit to the Met Office in Exeter. Tours these days only take place on specified open days and we were able to arrange for a party of 12 to visit. Located on the outskirts of Exeter, this purpose-built building which became its home after moving the whole business down from Bracknell in the 1990’s, in itself is very interesting. Having been myself it is a complete revelation to be introduced to all that goes on in this building. Already feedback suggests that we should try and arrange further trips inspired by such comments as:

Just to say thank you for arranging the Met Office trip. It was so interesting, I really enjoyed it.

A really enjoyable and very informative visit. I’m so glad I went.

If you have any ideas for future FoBL trips, activities and events do let us know. Even better if you are also happy to help organise them for us. This can be done by letting our Events Organiser Helen know leaving your contact details and or suggestion in the library for her attention.

And finally….Every picture tells a story!!

 

October News

Congratulations….

At the recent Annual Meeting for the staff of Libraries Unlimited, Emma Aydemir our wonderful Brixham Library Manager was recognised in a ‘Making a Difference Staff Award’ for Creativity & Innovation. Congratulations from FoBL for this wonderful achievement. There is nothing better than to be recognised by your peers for the contribution you make to an organisation and Emma, this is richly deserved.

 

Dementia Friendly Walks

The Friends of Brixham Library support people with dementia, their family and friends and carers through their fortnightly programme of walks around Brixham Harbour. Dementia is a terrible disease that can attack any function of the brain. As a result, living with dementia brings challenges for anyone diagnosed with the disease and for their family and friends. However, with support and understanding it is possible to live well with dementia. What people with dementia share in common is that they want to continue to do the things that they enjoy for as long as they can.

 

The Alzheimer’s Society promotes the message that a healthy lifestyle features a varied diet, regular exercise and not smoking can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

 

If you are interested in walking with us on a Friday morning starting at 10.30am, we meet by the Golden Hind next to the Old Fish Market on Brixham Harbour. We take a leisurely stroll around the harbour towards the harbour arm, stopping along the way if required and then return before enjoying a cup of coffee in one of the local cafes. All are welcome but if you require any further information please contact Mike O’Donnell Tel: 01803 844013. Our next walks are on Fridays 4, 18, October; 1, 15, 29, November & 13 December 2019.

First Friday of the Month Coffee Morning

 

Our next coffee morning is being held on Friday 4 October between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. As last year due to a number of requests we are devoting half the money raised to Macmillan Nursing in recognition for the all the good work that they do.

 

Please note that as there will be no coffee morning in November whilst the library is closed for refurbishment the date has been brought forward to Friday 25 October 2019 between 10.00 -12.00 noon.

Please make a note in your diary of this change.

Library Refurbishment

 

The present Brixham Library building opened in the autumn of 1993 and it is a credit to project team of the time that the building has worked so well with very little expenditure on repairs and maintenance over the years. Funds of £54,000 have become available to enable a partial refurbishment to take place, resulting in the library being closed for a short period of time from 13.00pm on Friday 25.10.19 and reopening at 9.30am on Monday 25.11.19. These funds have been specifically put aside for spending on Brixham Library as part of developer’s contributions to the Brixham community. This is an opportunity to have a spring clean and revitalise the library making it an even better space that can be valued by all in Brixham. Amongst other things the library will be redecorated internally in all public spaces, carpet replaced, and improvements made on the ground floor as well as some minor shelving changes on the first floor. Both the library staff and FoBL have been busy fund raising to help make the improvements that are required take place. FoBL will be helping to fund some new furniture in the childrens library and the cost of refurbishing the meetings room on the first floor. Following the success of the regular coffee mornings FoBL will be funding a coffee counter on wheels. Currently, FoBL’s contribution towards these purchases and improvements is estimated at about £4,500. FoBL kindly acknowledges a donation of £100.00 from the Rotary in Brixham towards the cost of replacement childrens stools.

 

This is a one-off opportunity to keep the library looking at its best as well as maintaining its appeal to one and all. If you would like to make a donation towards this project, please pop into the library or call the library on 01803 853870.

Events programme – up until the end of the year

(Copies are available in the Library)

 

Visit to the Met Office – Saturday 5 October

This event has proved extremely popular and was already fully booked. However, we hope to arrange a further visit in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled for fresh dates.

Winter Thrushes on Dartmoor with Mike Langman – Friday 1 November, 10.00am – 13.00pm

Meet at Shipley Bridge (nr South Brent) car park below the Avon Dam. Join Mike for another of interesting and walks and talks as he points out local bird and wildlife life along the way. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and to book a place on the walk the charge is £8.00 for FoBL members and £10.00 for non-FoBL members and they are available from the library.

Resuscitation Training – Friday 8 November 2019, 10.00am – 12.00 noon. (FREE Course)

Unfortunately, this training session was postponed earlier in the year, but we are pleased to see a new date in the calendar for this very practical training session. To ensure a place, please book your space and register your name in the library. Whilst this is a FREE course, if you would like to make a donation towards library funds you will be able to do so.

Wine Tasting at ‘The Wine Loft’ – Wednesday 20 November 2019, 18.00 – 20.00pm

This is a first for us in a new venue for FoBL. Over the course of the evening there will be a blind tasting of five different wines, a different canapé per person for each wine, a wine talk from James Brown (the owner of the Wine Loft) and a fun wine quiz and a final revelation of the blind wines tasted.

Please note that as this is a tasting no one is allowed to stick to their preferred tipple, and you will be offered both red and white wines during the evening. Seating is only available on stools, but the owners Claire & James will make you feel very welcome. Finally, should you wish to purchase a bottle or two to take away on the night then they will be happy to offer a 10% discount on any purchase.

Tickets cost £18.00 for FoBL members and £20.00 for non-FoBL members and are available from the library. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 so avoid disappointment early booking and payment is advised.

 

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday 6 December between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. This is always a special library morning with Christmas stalls, music from a local school choir and of course lovely coffee and cake.

Quay Harmony Ladies Choir Concert on 11 December 2019 starting at 19.00pm

We are so pleased to welcome Quay Harmony for their annual Christmas concert and are delighted they have chosen Brixham Library as this year’s Christmas venue. Tickets are £6 for members, £8 non members, and available from the library and also from choir members. During a concert there will be a raffle with all proceeds going to the library.

 

September News

May I take this opportunity to welcome new members to FoBL and particularly to introduce three new members who have joined the committee since our AGM in July.

Helen Kelly is our new Events Co-Ordinator. She writes:

I worked as anurse for over 40 years and retired to Brixham in 2016, which I am certainly not regretting. I enjoy gardening / visiting NT houses and gardens. I love cruising and have recently returned from a cruise to Russia and looking forward to my cruise next year to Japan.

I enjoy reading and that is why I do voluntary work in Brixham library. I do enjoy meeting people and so also do voluntary work in the English Riviera tourist information centre in Torquay. Looking forward to being involved with the Friends of the Library

Helen will be working closely with Emma in the library on our events programme for next year. If you have any ideas for future events and activities, she would be very interested. Please leave a note in the library marked for her attention.

Angie Robson is our new Membership Secretary. She writes:

Hi, I’m Angie Robson your new membership secretary, a role I am delighted to fulfil. Some of my family have lived and worked in Torbay for well over 70 years so retiring to Brixham was a bit like coming home! I was in education for 42 years, the last 14 as a non-teaching deputy of a large primary school in Solihull, West Midlands. I am passionate about community involvement and an avid reader so I hope I will be able to be an active, positive, committee member.

Hilary Bligh is our new Committee Member. She writes:

I am Hilary Bligh and have lived in Brixham for most of my life. I have always been an avid reader who has continually used Brixham Library and have vivid, happy memories of time spent in the “old library” and our current one. As a retired teacher I have totally understood the value of our library resources for children and wish to be on a committee that promotes and continues this. I also wish to be part of the group that helps the library become a vibrant centre that organises events to encourage all ages to use and enjoy this valuable resource in Brixham.

Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew Quay Concerts

For three Tuesday evenings last month, Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew performed down on the old Fish Quay on Brixham Harbour. These free concerts raised nearly £500 shared between FoBL and Brixham Museum. Despite inclement weather, the sun seemed to make its appearance on each evening at the appropriate time, so the crew were blessed as people stopped by to hear them sing. They have really appreciated your support and have thoroughly enjoyed helping to raise funds in this way.

First Friday Coffee Morning

We meet again at the Library on Friday 6 September between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. By popular request, we hope to have mystery book parcels available for purchase. Do please tell your friends, family and neighbours about this diary date and we look forward to seeing you there.

Fundraising Memory Walk

On Saturday 21 September, FoBL is planning a walk from Babbacombe via the coastal path back to Torquay to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The plan is to meet outside Babbacombe theatre at 11.00am. Please bring your own packed lunch and a drink with you for a lunch stop along the way. Suitable footwear and clothing is advised because of the footpath terrain and the weather on the day. For more information please contact Michael O’Donnell Tel: 01803 844013. Although we are hoping that those partaking will be sponsored this is entirely voluntary and hopefully will be an enjoyable walk and day out.

More dates for your diary: 

Osprey Watch with Mike Langman       Friday 6th September 10am – 1pm

A walk from Powderham Church to the Turf Locks Pub approx. 2.4miles flat there and back along the Exe Estuary watching – we hope – the migrating Osprey feeding before their long flight.

 Exclusive tour of Paignton Zoo   Tuesday 19th September, 10.30am

Steve Nash, Group Educational Manger for Paignton Zoo will be giving a talk about the history of Paignton Zoo, then you will be able to see the old parts of the Zoo no longer open to the public and meet the lovely animals.

Explore the Met Office   Saturday 5th October, 3pm

Discover more about the weather forecasting and climate research on a guided tour of the modern Met Office headquarters in Exeter.

Skittles and The Skipper     Friday 11th October, 7pm start

Following the success of last year’s skittle night, join the Friends again for a fun social evening of skittles. Enjoy a light buffet (with chips) and see who will be crowned best bowler this year!

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Record turnout at the AGM

On Tuesday (16th) the Friends of Brixham Library met for their Annual General Meeting and were delighted when 44 of their members turned up on a very warm and summery evening. Their Chairman, Alasdair Anderson reported that the Friends were in good shape and reflecting on the past year that their regular first Friday of the month coffee mornings were being well attended along with growing participation in the ‘Walking for Health walks’ on a Monday morning and a Tuesday afternoon. At the same time interest in the fortnightly Dementia Friendly walks was growing.

Along with the libraries own programme of events and activities there is something for everyone. Perhaps the most inspiring of all has been the completion of the lottery funded project to record the gravestones in St Mary’s Churchyard, Higher Brixham. With over 15,000 names now recorded and checked over a two-year period, this will be of interest to all archivists, family historians and those with an interest in Brixham history. The evening also included a very interesting illustrated talk by Lynn Williams on ‘Malawi: the warm heart of Africa’. Lynn’s work and knowledge from her three visits there captivated the audience and made a lively finish to the evening.

The library now looks forward to its activities over the summer holidays for children and young people with their ‘Sea Levels of Book Quest’ and their annual Summer Reading Challenge. Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew will be down on the Old Fish Quay, Brixham Harbour for three FREE evening concerts on Tuesdays 30 July & 6 & 13 August between 20.00 – 21.00pm. There will be voluntary collections in aid of both FoBL and Brixham Museum, the crew’s chosen local good causes.

For the full Chairman’s Report click here

For the full Minutes click here

For more information about any of the above events & activities please visit Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham, TQ5 8EU or tel: 01803 853870

Alasdair Anderson,

Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library